International Cyber Marketing, organiser of the World Cyber Games, has today announced which games will be used in the 2005 world finals in September.
Six PC games and two console games were chosen for the competition. The official list of games includes: StarCraft: Brood War; Warcraft III: Frozen Throne; Warhammer 40,000 : Dawn of War; Counter Strike: Source; FIFA 2005; Need for Speed : Underground 2 ; Halo 2 (Console/Xbox); and Dead or Alive Ultimate (Console /Xbox).
While the number of official WCG games remains the same, two titles from 2004, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Project Gotham Racing 2 were replaced with a Real Time Strategy (RTS) PC game, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (a.k.a. Warhammer 40K) and a console-based action game, Dead or Alive Ultimate. Dead or Alive Ultimate is the first action title selected as an official WCG game.
Warhammer 40K, which first joins the list of official games this year, was first launched in the United States last September as a next generation RTS game expected to follow in the footsteps of the popular PC game Starcraft.
Dead or Alive Ultimate, a new player in the console arena, is the latest installment in the Dead or Alive series. Since first launching last October, Dead or Alive Ultimate has enjoyed enormous worldwide popularity. The addition of a high calibre action game further diversifies the official WCG game lineup, which was previously comprised of RTS, first-person shooter (FPS), and sports genres.
The WCGC conducted online surveys of gamers, communities and partners in many countries prior to making title selections. The committee also sought opinions from game experts with an aim to fully reflect preferences of gamers and trends in the world game market. Publishers' technical support in terms of event operability and fulfillment of sports spirit were also among the factors taken into consideration.